The Blast are unquestionably one of the biggest party promoters in Bristol – bringing us some of the best names across drum and bass, UK garage, dubstep and hip hop, including DJ EZ, David Rodigan, Andy C, Chase & Status, Shy FX and Giggs; as well as mixing in some fresh talent from Bristol and beyond.
They’re also the brains behind Sequences festival, which has already become an annual Bristol staple after only two years, as well as hosting stages at Love Saves the Day and Tokyo World.
We recently had a chat with the trio heading up The Blast – Tom Hoyle, Rob Cracknell and Kane Anson – where we get to the bottom of the beginnings of The Blast, the extended Bristol family, and what makes a Blast party.
we’re giving away £1,000 to a local promoter to help make an idea for a new Bristol night a reality
We have also embroiled Tom in our #NITELIFENITEOUT competition, where we’re giving away £1,000 to a local promoter to help make an idea for a new Bristol night a reality. Tom, along with Crosstown Concert’s Dan Chandler, Parallel Dimensions founder and Lakota bookings manager Laila McKenzie, and MJR Group’s Tim Bailey, will be helping us choose a deserving winner once entries close on 31 August.
Biggup everyone who joined us for SaSaSaS Bristol Takeover last night. Remember if you were lucky enough to cop some gunfingers then post a photo with them and tag The Blast on your Instagram for your chance to win 2x Sequences Festival tickets!
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With such a proven track record and over a decade’s experience under his belt, we asked Tom to share some hard-earned advice on what it takes to put on a successful music event. Here’s what he had to say:
‘A lot of people fancy themselves as a promoter and this means that the market for events is pretty saturated. My advice to someone starting out would be: If you want to be successful, then try to offer something a bit different from what is already on offer in your city.
Find a niche or gap in the market that you can fill, otherwise you’ll just be competing against someone with more experience to offer the same thing
‘Find a niche or gap in the market that you can fill, otherwise you’ll just be competing against someone with more experience to offer the same thing that is already out there. Also, start small and work up gradually – it’s always better to have a packed out tiny venue with everyone having an amazing time, than it is to have a big space with not enough people rattling around inside as you watch what little profit margin you may have had trickle away before your eyes.
‘It’s also a good idea to build a team around yourself to help with things, whether it be at the planning stage or on the night itself. If you have a friend or contact with skills that will be useful – get them involved. More hands make for lighter work, plus it helps you to take a more balanced view of what you’re doing when you can get other people’s feedback on your ideas.
More hands make for lighter work, plus it helps you to take a more balanced view of what you’re doing when you can get other people’s feedback
‘Whatever you decide to do, make sure you’re really passionate about it, and never view it as an easy way to make a quick buck. It’s your passion – for the music, or events production, or flyer design, or whatever aspect of the event – that will ultimately translate into whether or not your event stands out from the crowd and becomes successful or not.’
Find out more about how you could win £1,000 towards your own Bristol event, what we’re looking for in a winner and how to enter over on our #NITELIFENITEOUT competition page.
Photography by Martin Thompson